The National Ground Water Association was represented when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted its second public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) July 25 in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Seth Kellogg, PG, a senior geologist at Geosyntec Consultants and NGWA Scientist and Engineers Section board member, provided testimony of behalf of NGWA, detailing the science and regulations supported by the Association.
She stated NGWA supports regulatory certainty and consistency on PFAS for private well owners, water systems, and industry as well as using sound science to evaluate the impacts of PFAS. She warned, though, there are policy and resource limitations needing to be openly discussed.
Kellogg also added:
- The Association supports funding for technical assistance for private well owners.
- NGWA agrees communication of the risks of PFAS is critical and the Association is willing to partner with EPA and other stakeholders to educate private well owners.
- As PFAS continues to be widely used in consumer and industrial products, NGWA supports the use of best practices to protect source water from continued contamination from PFAS and all other contaminants.
“I thank the EPA for including NGWA in the National Leadership Summit on PFAS (in May) and for holding this meeting because gaining a local perspective is valuable,” Kellogg says. “I appreciate EPA Director (Peter C.) Grevatt for acknowledging the challenges of private wells, an issue we raised at the national meeting.”
The meeting featured a mix of national, state, and local perspectives. Those from states urged the EPA to take the lead on PFAS.
The EPA recently announced its third public meeting on PFAS will take place August 7-8 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a fourth is scheduled for August 14 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The EPA held an earlier public meeting June 25 in Exeter, New Hampshire.
The public meetings provide an opportunity to weigh in with EPA officials on the type of assistance needed to address PFAS contamination.
NGWA members are uniquely qualified to play a role in addressing these challenges. Many are working daily on PFAS-related issues, and NGWA’s Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, published last year, is one of the most comprehensive tools available on the topic. The text was crafted by NGWA with the assistance of 36 volunteers, including Kellogg.
Those wanting to sign up for a speaking slot at the Colorado meeting must do so by 10 a.m. on August 3. NGWA will work with you so you are prepared and help draft your public statement, if desired.
Members of the public are also able to sign up to attend without requiring a speaking slot.
For more information about a speaking opportunity, contact NGWA Government Affairs Director Lauren Schapker at email@example.com or (202) 888-9151.
Visit NGWA’s PFAS resource center for more information and downloadable materials about PFAS.